attempting to influence decisions of government officials

Lobbying is the act of trying to persuade governments to make decisions or support something. Lobbying can be done by many sorts of people, alone or in groups. Often it is done by big companies or businesses. Sometimes people are given jobs to lobby for big businesses. These people are called lobbyists.[1]

A campaigner from the environmental group Greenpeace lobbying the Finnish government


  1. Lobbying definition - BBC News, 1 October 2008